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Epic Jumps Season At William Hill Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £31218
  • 3m 1f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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Epic Jumps Season At William Hill Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £14.20
  • Place: £3.40

Form: 1F-931

Last run: 69 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Rallied gamely to make all at Tramore (2m5f, soft) in August and is now 2-6 over fences; could still have improvement to come but needs to take a good step forward here and Rachael Blackmore prefers Amirite.

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22

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Whacker Clan

10st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Progressive last year, making all at Tramore (2m5f, soft) in August and Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October; returned to Cheltenham last month for the Kim Muir (3m2f, soft) and made most, finishing third of 22 but he was 18l behind the runner-up Git Maker, so needs to step up on that and it's the furthest he's been.

12/1

3rd

21

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Whacker Clan

11st 0lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Henry De Bromhead

Progressive last year, making all at Tramore (2m5f, soft) in August and doing likewise here (3m1f, good to soft) in October; fair seventh in 1m7f handicap hurdle at Naas 18 days ago, which could have put him spot on for today, and this lightly raced 8yo is one to be interested in for top yard.

10/1

7th

5

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

1m 7f 144y

15:25 Naas

Whacker Clan

11st 6lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Progressive horse last year; won narrowly at Tramore in August before following up gamely in a 3m1f handicap chase at Cheltenham in October; 11lb lower over hurdles but the big drop in trip is an obvious concern; looks the stable second string.

8/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 612-11 D

Last run: 118 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Not straightforward at the business end of his races but has 12-21 career strike-rate (including points); took form to new level when winning 16-runner handicap chase at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good) in July and subsequent 5lb rise does not look excessive.

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5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Twig

11st 7lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Progressive last year, winning three times on good ground, and following a break he was better than ever when runner-up in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) last month under regular rider Beau Morgan; up 4lb to a career-high mark but may well play a leading role once more.

13/2

2nd

16

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Twig

11st 4lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Runner-up in all three starts at this course, twice when hurdling and once over C&D (good to soft) which followed a successful return to fences at Uttoxeter last July; on the back foot from some way out in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December, though, and left on the same mark since.

20/1

11th

15

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Twig

10st 2lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Won over hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) in May and followed up when back over fences there (3m2f, good) in July; returned from a break with good second of 13 at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October and this progressive 8yo may have more left in the tank, but it's needed in this red-hot handicap.

14/1

25/1

  • Place: £8.10

Form: 1PP4P- D

Last run: 229 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Has gained all four chase wins at Chepstow, the latest in first-time blinkers on last season's reappearance outing a year ago (2m7f, good); back on a good mark now and can evidently go well when fresh but was pulled up on three of his other four starts last term and is not an easy one to predict; had wind op last month.

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9th

12

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Wayfinder

10st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Gained all four chase wins at Chepstow but his third on the Old course here (3m1f, good to soft) in October was right up there with his best form; ran very poorly (albeit on heavy ground) last time and has a point to prove.

20/1

13

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Wayfinder

10st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Rebecca Curtis

Gained all four chase wins at Chepstow; gave good account when second to subsequent Welsh Grand National winner there (2m7f, heavy) in December but needs to prove he can match that form on this right-handed course.

9/1

Form: 13U3P- BF

Last run: 201 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Flopped badly when favourite for Irish Grand National in April and not seen again since but was a very useful novice chaser last season (third in two Graded races) and still has potential.

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5th

10

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Amirite

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Pulled up when favourite for Irish National last April and hasn't really threatened on either run this season; however, those were still fair efforts (3m1f/3m) and his saddle slipped when he was fourth at Cheltenham in October; remains lightly raced and may yet have more to offer for top Irish yard.

11/2

5th

18

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Amirite

11st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, some headway home turn, ran on from last, not reach leaders

8/1

16/1

Form: 4P21-3 BF

Last run: 154 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Capitalised on some help from the handicapper when winning by 10l at Perth (3m, soft) in April and remains 3lb lower than when second to Lord Accord in this race last year (good ground); can pose a potent threat if all goes to plan but his tendency to clout the occasional fence is always a worry.

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5th

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

17:10 Ludlow

The Wolf

12st 6lb

J: Mr James King

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders

4/1

1

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:50 Exeter

The Wolf

12st 6lb

J: Mr James King

T: Olly Murphy

He's not easy to win with, having posted just one victory from his last 21 starts; however, he ran well when third in a handicap at Leicester (2m6f, soft) in January and holds stand-out claims if repeating that form today.

Evs

3rd

1

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

15:20 Leicester

The Wolf

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

prominent, lost position before 5 out

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 133-13 D

Last run: 118 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Has made rapid progress since switched to chasing last summer, winning six times along the way; recovered from bad jumping error in home straight to take creditable third of 16 behind Twig off today's mark at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good) in July and may yet have a bigger run in him.

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11th

8

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Kinondo Kwetu

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Returned from a break with encouraging fourth at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; stayed on well for third of 16 in Summer Cup at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good) last July, a run that can be upgraded due to jumping errors, and he's an interesting candidate; the drier the ground the better.

12/1

4th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Kinondo Kwetu

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Pulled up at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October when last seen and unraced on soft/heavy, so the recent rain is a worry; however, this two-time C&D winner was a good third in this last year (good to soft) and if the ground dries he could go well now back on a course he clearly relishes.

16/1

Form: 0/4P-5

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Well beaten on the Flat last month, after a break, and also struggled when 100-1 for Grade 2 chase a week later; this handicap chase is a more suitable assignment but he's yet to add to his 3m7f win at the 2021 Punchestown festival and others have much more persuasive profiles.

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0

25

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Mister Fogpatches

10st 8lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

never better than midfield, detached 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

50/1

6th

7

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Mister Fogpatches

10st 12lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: P A Fahy

prominent, soon went second, lost position after 3 out, no extra from 2 out

25/1

0

4

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Cheltenham

Mister Fogpatches

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: P A Fahy

Well beaten on the Flat last month, after a break, and also struggled when 100-1 for Grade 2 chase a week later; this handicap chase is a more suitable assignment but he's yet to add to his 3m7f win at the 2021 Punchestown festival and others have much more persuasive profiles.

16/1

Form: -P9113 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Returned to form with two 3m wins this summer (good to soft/good) but was just a respectable third off today's career-high mark at Worcester (2m7f, good) in August and may find this race too competitive.

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5

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Cheltenham

Brief Times

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Returned to form with two 3m wins this summer (good to soft/good) but was just a respectable third off today's career-high mark at Worcester (2m7f, good) in August and may find this race too competitive.

14/1

Form: 3PU2P- D

Last run: 189 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Didn't fire in Scottish National at end of last season and is not always a fluent jumper but his clear second at Doncaster (3m2f, good) two starts ago was a good effort and he's still on a workable mark; runs this track well; one to consider.

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6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Undersupervision

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won this race in 2022 and lost out only by a neck when second in it last year; left disappointing seasonal debut behind when placed in big field at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) in November and can be forgiven his non-completion in gruelling race the following month; given 12-week break to recover from that and is likely to be primed for another big run in this contest.

6/1

0

11

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 188y

Class 1

14:05 Aintree

Undersupervision

10st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2lb out of the handicap and he's inconsistent; however, he returned to form with a good third of 16 at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) three weeks ago and his trainer knows what it takes in this race, having won it a record six times; no surprise if this 7yo is in the mix on his Aintree debut.

11/1

3rd

6

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Undersupervision

11st 7lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Placed in two valuable handicaps last season, including close second off today's mark at Doncaster (3m2f, good), but was pulled up in Scottish National in April and also disappointed over C&D on recent reappearance.

20/1

Form: 11P3-1

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Dual chase winner last winter (2m5f/2m4f) and made all to win easily by 21l on seasonal reappearance at Ludlow (3m, good) 17 days ago; it's tricky to gauge what that form is worth and he's 8lb higher here but at least we know he's in excellent nick.

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1

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Quick Draw

12st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Can have his off-days but he's won two of his last three, latterly making all at Wincanton in February (3m1f, good to soft); 5lb rise seem him on a career-high mark but he's well suited by a flat, right-handed 3m.

15/8

1st

1

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Quick Draw

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Never headed and beat four rivals comfortably on his reappearance over 3m at Ludlow (good; 6lb lower); couldn't lead and failed to give his running next time at Cheltenham; might be more in his comfort zone here.

9/2

0

8

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Cheltenham

Quick Draw

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Dual chase winner last winter (2m5f/2m4f) and made all to win easily by 21l on seasonal reappearance at Ludlow (3m, good) 17 days ago; it's tricky to gauge what that form is worth and he's 8lb higher here but at least we know he's in excellent nick.

13/2

Form: 96P9-4 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won this race by over 4l off 1lb lower last year and ran at least as well when second in Badger Beer Chase at Wincanton (3m1f, good to firm) a fortnight later; lost his way afterwards but made a satisfactory reappearance over hurdles this month and should now be primed to defend his crown.

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6th

3

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Lord Accord

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Neil Mulholland

Won a valuable chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) in October 2022 and next time was runner-up here to Frodon in the Badger Beer; he is back on a favourable mark but this season has yet to get off the ground (chasing the last twice).

9/1

5th

4

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

Lord Accord

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Neil Mulholland

Disappointing at Cheltenham (3m1f) two months ago in a race that he'd won in 2022; well handicapped if back on song but needs the weather to be kind; soft/heavy ground would be a big negative.

8/1

Form: 1155-5 C

Last run: 162 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Launched chasing career with two wide-margin wins in small-field events towards end of last year; found things tougher in more competitive races in the spring but was given another wind op last month (his second) and might give this a good shot from the front.

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5

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

15:50 Market Rasen

Hidden Heroics

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

led, pulled up before 8th, race voided

7/2

7th

9

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Hidden Heroics

10st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Dug deep to win off today's mark at Ludlow (3m1f, soft) in December but two lesser efforts have followed, and he's too inconsistent to rely upon nowadays; chance probably depends on refitted cheekpieces perking him up.

10/1

Form: 621112 D BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Completed hat-trick with wide-margin success at Southwell (3m2f, good) on last month's stable debut and ran well in defeat over 3m there 25 days ago but is upped significantly in grade today; usually ridden positively.

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2

16th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

13:40 Market Rasen

Swapped

12st 0lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

Completed a hat-trick with win at Southwell (3m2f, good) in September on debut for this yard; good second there (3m, good to soft) next time; pulled up at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) 19 days ago but that was an attritional race and it will be no surprise if he bounces back in these calmer waters.

12/1

0

14

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Cheltenham

Swapped

10st 4lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

Completed hat-trick with wide-margin success at Southwell (3m2f, good) on last month's stable debut and ran well in defeat over 3m there 25 days ago but is upped significantly in grade today; usually ridden positively.

33/1

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Yes Indeed

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Payout
Exacta £819.00
Straight Forecast £616.50
Tricast £15887.30
Trifecta £17473.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Lord Accord

POSTDATA:

Quick Draw

D Express:

Amirite

WEST COUNTRY:

Yes Indeed

Daily Mirror:

Kinondo Kwetu

Daily Record:

Twig

LAMBOURN:

Quick Draw

The Times:

Quick Draw

Telegraph:

Quick Draw

The Guardian:

Quick Draw

RP RATINGS:

Lord Accord

TOPSPEED:

Lord Accord

Daily Mail:

Lord Accord

The Sun:

Lord Accord

The Star:

Lord Accord